Roman Matthew Smith is trying to turn Rome upside down with his new business, Knockerball, which are large plastic bubble-like balls that people harness themselves into, then try to knock opponents off their feet.
Rome’s R.H. Ledbetter Properties and the Cherokee Main Street Partnership III LLC are gradually filling out its new Main Street Marketplace development in Cartersville, which will be situated – of course – along Main Street. More specifically, it will be across from the existing Main Street Shopping Center which houses Publix and Target.
For those who have given consideration to operating their own food truck, the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Rome, working with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition, will host the Street Food 101 training program at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce in Cartersville on Aug. 12.
APEX Direct Care, 506 Riverside Parkway, is now offering healthcare education opportunities to its patients through new PatientPoint massive digital touch screens in its Rome clinic. Patients can access information on any of a number of topics while waiting to see Dr. Michael Jackson.
Veteran campers who frequent Georgia State Parks generally know what its like to try to arrive at a campground early on a given weekend, or at the beginning of a wheeling vacation to get that perfect campsite. Beginning this August, four of Georgia’s State Parks, including James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park near Summerville, will allow visitors to reserve their favorite campsite in advance.
Courtesy Ford Lincoln of Rome, 101 Highway 411 East in Rome, will get a major facelift in coming months. The Rome Floyd Building Inspection office is currently reviewing plans for the major upgrade of the showroom.
The Coosa Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its annual Kids Fishing Day this Saturday, June 18, in Rolater Park in Cave Spring. The event is traditionally held the Saturday before Father’s Day.
David and Suzanne Clonts, owners of the building at 231 Broad St., have confirmed they are seeking a new tenant for the half of the building currently occupied by Abral’s Classy and Sassy Formal Wear. Abral Wilson’s lease runs through the end of July.
Rome businessman Bob Blumberg has opened his new restaurant, Seasons, on Broad Street. Chances are pretty good you’ll see Blumberg in the mid-clock crosswalk a lot in the future. The restaurateur said he’d be splitting his time between Seasons and Johnny New York Style Pizza, Broad Street, his first eatery in downtown Rome.
Larry Spencer has operated Plant Life Nursery, 4763 Alabama Highway, for more than two decades. In the past year, he decided he was a little tired of people stopping in at the nursery only to find out the shop was closed because Spencer was out on a landscaping job.
Purpose-Filled Productions, a ministry of founder Davilyn Williams, is the latest additional to Rome’s arts and culture scene. “While stage plays are a big part of our ministry, we also like to showcase the expansive pool of creative arts talent right here in our backyard,” said Williams in a press release. “You never know what to expect with a Purpose-Filled Productions event.”
The National Park Service, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, is reporting that more than 224,900 visitors made the trip to the to Little River Canyon National Preserve in 2015. The park service report claims those visitors spent $14,208,600 in communities near the park, supporting more than 230 jobs.
The Georgia Department of Labor’s 2016 Regional Summit, a half-day event with presentations directed toward the owners and managers of small businesses, along with Human Resources officials, will take place at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Calhoun on July 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
David Jockusch, a long-time associate for former Purple Mountain Natural Foods, 308 E. Sixth Ave., owner Dee Brewer, has purchased the business outright and is planning a few, relatively minor changes to the business as he moves forward.
Jack and Nancy Knight have changed the name of The Car Store and The Garage, 1321 Martha Berry Blvd., to Knight’s Car Store and Knight’s Garage. Nancy Knight said nothing about the shops have changed except the name, which was done to reflect a little more of a personal identity with the owners.
The annual Clocktower Classic Handcycling races return to Rome Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1. Paralyzed and disabled athletes from across the country will converge on Rome for the annual series of races which, this year, will include a leisurely Saturday ride with local cyclists.
Signs greeted spectators at the entrance to the Atlanta Steeplechase Kingston Down racecourse Saturday promoting Kingston Downs Plantation. The website listed on the sign www.kingstondownsplantation.com indicates the plantation is a hunting, fishing and special events venue.
Cody Pace used to hang out with his grandfather, Wade Martin, when Pace was growing up down in Paulding County. His grandfather ran a fresh fruit and vegetable market and Pace plans to open CND Fruits and Veggies in a vacant lot at Lee Avenue and East Eighth Street.
The Sexual Assault Center of Rome has relocated in West Rome to offer the center much greater space and separate examination rooms. The Rome News-Tribune is not releasing the actual address of the facility to protect victims and employees alike.
Officials with the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority have named a classroom at the House of the Children Academy in the Graham Homes community for little Heaven Woods, a former student who was killed after the family moved to Forsyth in the spring of 2014.
Trinity United Methodist Church is selling off three properties along Avenue A. Duplex residential type dwellings at 512 and 514 Avenue A are being sold along with a parking lot between 514 and 518 Avenue A will be sold at auction Thursday, April 28 at 11 a.m.
The Coosa River Basin Initiative is involved in another public meeting to discuss issues related to hydraulic fracturing of the earth for natural gas or oil. The event is set for April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Ford Dining Hall at Berry College.
Shaw Industries Group has ranked among the best employers in the nation by Forbes magazine. It marks the second year in a row that Shaw has been recognized for its focus on its workforce by appearing on the Forbes’ America’s Best Employers list for 2016. The list debuted a year ago, reflecting the company’s intense focus on people.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels will open in Mount Berry Mall on Thursday, March 31. The construction barricades have been removed and visitors to the mall will have an opportunity to see what the shop is going to look like.